- Zoot Sims
Infobox musical artist
Name = Zoot Sims
Img_capt = 52nd Street Jazz Fair NYC July 6, 1976
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = John Haley Sims
Born = birth date|1925|10|29
Died = death date and age|1985|3|23|1925|10|29
Queens, New York, U.S.
Tenor saxophone, Soprano saxophone, alto saxophone
Woody Herman, Al Cohn, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Jack Kerouac, Bob Brookmeyer, Count Basie, Art Pepper, Jim Hall, Annie Ross,
John Haley "Zoot" Sims (
October 29, 1925- March 23, 1985) was an American jazz tenor saxophonistand soprano saxophonist.
He was born in Inglewood,
California. [http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=4362] Growing up in a vaudevillefamily, Sims learned to play both drums and clarinetat an early age. His father was a vaudeville hoofer, and Sims prided himself on remembering many of the steps his father taught him.
Following in the footsteps of
Lester Young, Sims developed into an innovative tenor saxophonist. Throughout his career, he played with renowned bands, including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton, and Buddy Rich. Sims was also one of Woody Herman's "Four Brothers", and he was known among his peers as one of the strongest swingers in the field. He frequently led his own combos and sometimes toured with his friend Gerry Mulligan's sextet, and later with Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band.
In the 1950s and '60s, Sims had a long, successful partnership as co-leader of a quintet with
Al Cohn, which recorded under the name "Al and Zoot". That group was a favorite at the New York club "The Half Note." Always fond of the higher register of the tenor sax, Zoot also liked to play alto and late in his career added the soprano saxophoneto his performances, while recording a series of albums for the Pablo Recordslabel of impressario Norman Granz. Zoot also played on some of Jack Kerouac's recordings.
Sims acquired the nickname — Zoot — early in his career while he was in the Kenny Baker band in California. The name was later appropriated for a sax-playing Muppet.
Zoot Sims died in New York on March 23, 1985.
Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims"The Brothers" (1949) Prestige Records.
*"Zoot" (1956) with
Johnny Williams, Nick Travis(trumpet), Gus Johnson and Nabil Totah. Compositions by George Handy.
*"Tenor Conclave" (1956) with
Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambersand Art Taylor
* "Goes To Jazzville" (1956) with Totah, Williams,
Bill Anthony, Jerome Lloyd, and Gus Johnson.
* Zoot Sims and The
Joe CastroTrio "Live at Falcon Lair" (1956) "That Old Feeling" is a double-issue CD of two 1956 albums;
** (???) includes "Bohemia After Dark" Sims' first recorded alto solo. and
**"Zoot Sims plays Alto, Tenor, and Baritone"
* Zoot Sims/Al Cohn - "Hoagy Carmichael Sessions and More" (1957) recorded in New York, Sims plays tenor and Cohn, baritone with
Nick Travis, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, pianist Elliot Lawrence, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Osie Johnson. Arrangements by Bill Elton.
*"Together Again!" (1957) with Al Cohn,
Herbie Steward, Serge Chaloff, Elliot Lawrence, Burgher Jones and Don Lamond
*"A Night at the Half Note" (1959) with Al Cohn,
Mose Allison, Paul Motian, Nabil Totah, and Phil Woods
*"Either Way" (1959-60) with Cecil Colier, Bill Crow, Gus Johnson , and Mose Allison.The double-CD
Al Cohnwith Zoot Sims "Complete Original Quintet/Sextet Studio Recordings" contains:
** their first quintet/sextet collaboration from 1952
** "From A To Z" (1956),
** "Al And Zoot" (1957)
** "You 'N' Me" (1960) with Allison,
Major Holley, and Osie Johnson. Cohn and Sims play clarinet on "Angel Eyes" and tenor on most tracks.
*"Down home" (1960) with
Dave McKenna, George Tucker, and Dannie Richmond
* "At the Half Note Again" (1965) with Cohn, pianist
Roger Kellaway, bassist Bill Crow, drummer Mel Lewis. On some tracks there is a third tenor player Richie Kamucaand a different rhythm section (pianist Dave Frishberg, bassist Tommy Potterand Lewis.
Al Cohn& Zoot Sims - "Easy As Pie" - live at the Left Bank Jazz Societynight at the Famous Ballroomin Baltimore, 1968. Rhythm section is Dave Frishberg, Victor Sproleson bass and Donald McDonald on drums.
* "Zoot Suite" (1973) - live with
Jimmy Rowles, George Mraz(bass) and Mousey Alexander.
Joe Venuti/Zoot Sims - "Joe & Zoot & More" (1973) w Spencer Clarkon bass saxophone, Milt Hintonand Bucky Pizzarelli.
* "Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers" (1975) with pianist
Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, George Mraz and Grady Tate(drums).
Count Basie/Zoot Sims "Basie and Zoot" (1975) quartet w bassist John Heard and drummer Louie Bellson. A bluesy set.
*"Soprano Sax" (1976) with
Ray Bryant, George Mraz, and Grady TateThe album "Somebody Loves Me" is a re-issue of tracks cut in the mid-70s for the Groove Merchantlabel, featuring Sims on tenor and soprano with Bucky Pizzarelli(guitar), Milt Hinton(bass), and Buddy Rich(drums). Some of this was released at the time as the album "Nirvana".
*"If I'm Lucky" (1977) with pianist
Jimmy Rowles, George Mraz and Mousey Alexander. Released on Norman Granz' Pablo Records.
* "For Lady Day" (1978) Sims, Rowles and Mraz, performing some of
Billie Holiday's favourite numbers. Jackie Williamson drums.
* Zoot Sims and
Sweets Edison- "Just Friends" (1978). Released on Norman Granz' Pablo Records.
* "Zoot Sims in Copenhagen" (1978)
Art Pepper/Zoot Sims - "Art 'n' Zoot" (1981) - with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Barney Kessell.
* Zoot Sims with
Joe Pass- "Blues For Two" (1982)
* "Suddenly It's Spring" - (1983) w Rowles, Mraz and
*"Quietly There" (1984) Zoot Sims plays
Johnny Mandelcompositions with Mike Woffordpiano, Chuck Berghoferbass, Nick Cerolidrums, and Victor Feldmanpercussion, his penultimate recording.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/music/muze/index.pl?site=radio2&action=biography&artist_id=27665&rand= BBC Radio 2]
* [http://www.downbeat.com/artists/artist_main.asp?sect=archives&sub=stories&subid=660&aid=577&photo=&aname=Zoot+Sims Downbeat Magazine article (13 April 1961)]
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